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Spring’s Fitness Fashion Must-Haves

girlawhirlLinda LaSala is the co-founder and editor in chief of Girlawhirl.com, an online magazine for women that features daily articles about fashion, beauty, health, fitness, travel and more. As a former featured guest blogger, Girlawhirl has made previous posts about health and fitness at DietsInReview.com.

Does having some new workout clothes keep you motivated?

I think so!

Just like the thrill I get from wearing a new outfit to work, I love a new top and pair of workout pants: not just because they feel good and fit great, but also because they get me motivated to work out. I know it sounds silly, but it’s true, I’d much rather hit the gym wearing duds that help me out in the looks department. And this spring, there are some new high-tech innovations that are already in my gym bag.

Fabrics that wick moisture away from the skin are by far some of the best inventions to hit the gym since aerobics. Until now, exercisers had to make a choice between soft comfy cotton that absorbs perspiration and stretchy synthetics that wick it away.  For body conscious exercisers like me, who like the way a cotton T looks versus a clingy nylon or polyester one, it was always a tough choice, because by the end of a tough workout, the cotton shirt is soaked and sticky, leaving me running to the locker room to change. But this spring, both Nike and Lucy have introduced cotton fabrics that have wicking properties, making them the most popular tops in my workout-clothing drawer.

The Training Tank from Lucy wicks away moisture, but fits comfortably like cotton.

The Training Tank from Lucy wicks away moisture, but fits comfortably like cotton.

Check out the Training Tank from lucy.com or the Dri-FIT Favorite Women’s Tank from Nike. Both are made with fabric that wicks, but has a high percentage of cotton in it.

Seamless camisoles have long been a part of my wear-to-work wardrobe, but now the idea of seamless workout gear is becoming mainstream.  Honestly, at first I thought that only elite athletes needed seamless tops or bottoms, but after I got an ugly rash under my armpit from the seam of a self-bra tank during spinning class, I’m converted. Whether it’s to avoid thighs that chafe, or to keep a waist pack MP3 player holder from rubbing side seams into your skin, going seamless is the closest we’ll ever get to wearing nothing at all in the gym. Athleta.com has a great selection of seamless tops that are especially fabulous for super sweaty classes like spinning or hot yoga; they really do feel like a second skin. For a seamless topper, try Nike’s Dri-FIT Seamless Women’s Running Shirt.

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March 6th, 2009

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